Bolton: US has plan to dismantle N. Korea nuclear program in year

President Trump waves at the June 12 summit meeting on denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. U.S. intelligence officials are now reporting that North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons

A U.S. delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, met with North Korean officials on Sunday in the truce village of Panmunjom.

While Pyongyang has stopped missile and nuclear weapons tests, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles or that they have stopped their production", an official told NBC News in the US. The secretary of state, who will be making his third trip to North Korea, will seek answers after independent researchers and media organisations detailed North Korean efforts to increase fuel production, build more missile launchers and expand a key rocket-engine manufacturing facility.

Immediately following the summit, Trump also announced the US was canceling a major joint military exercise with South Korea scheduled for August, Ulchi Freedom Guardian - even calling it a "war game", and "provocative" - the same language used by North Korea and China.

The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed US intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile.

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But the visit comes amid various media reports doubtful of Pyongyang's sincerity towards denuclearization which cite leaked information from USA intelligence officials.

The accuracy and completeness of the inventory, which the USA will able to partially verify based on spy satellite images and other intelligence, will tell whether North Korea is serious about giving up the nukes.

"This is why people want North Korea to declare all its facilities up front", Wit said.

(ENGLISH) - AP #4161437/1 "And it's to North Korea's advantage to see these programs dismantled very quickly because then the elimination of sanctions, aid by South Korea and Japan and others can all begin to flow".

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Players from North and South Korea were mixed into two teams that competed against each other at the North Korean capital's Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium.

There is no word on whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, an avid basketball fan, will attend any of the games.

White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Monday announced that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Pyongyang from Thursday to Saturday.

But on Sunday, Mr Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, publicised an even more ambitious one-year plan that he said Mr Pompeo will be discussing with the North Koreans. Pompeo will meet with UAE leaders to discuss ways to further strengthen the US-UAE partnership and advance their common security and economic priorities, Nauert added. "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that, and they're cooperative, we can move very quickly".

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Evidence collected since the pair's historic meeting points to secret production facilities and the development of methods to conceal weapons creation, implying Pyongyang is aiming to hide plans to continue its nuclear program from the USA, having made contrary, if ambiguous, commitments to Washington. "I'll likely travel back before too terribly long", the top USA diplomat said recently. North Korea declared on New Year's Day that it no longer needed those tests because it had perfected its nuclear weapons program. And by the way I really believe North Korea has a tremendous future.

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